Cider Box Tiny House Plans

The Cider Box Tiny House is a great design for couples and small families because it can accommodate two separate sleeping lofts, a full kitchen, and space for laundry.

The non-traditional “double shed” roof line adds more space, dimension and intrigue, and clears the way for light to stream in through strategically placed clerestory windows, optional skylights, and full glass doors. The main loft is accessed with stairs that can contain storage compartments, rather than a ladder. The kitchen includes space for a four-burner stove, and a counter with bar seating.

The PDF Plans include construction plans for a 20 foot house and a 24 foot house:

  • The 20 foot long design is 148 square feet on the main floor with a 65 square foot main loft and 30 square foot small loft.
  • The 24 foot long design is 179 square feet on the main floor with an 84 square foot and a 30 square foot loft.

The renderings in black, gray and brown demonstrate how the design looks in both 20′ and 24′ lengths, and with modern, economic or rustic finishes (please note: these artist’s renderings are not in the SketchUp model). One of Shelter Wise’s most popular designs since its creation, the Cider Box Tiny House Plans are the modern tiny house plans you’ve been waiting for: spacious, beautiful, and functional!

See Inside and Customize the Design with an Editable SketchUp Model!

Our friend Jake at Tiny Nest Project is an absolute whiz with SketchUp, and he created an editable SketchUp Model version of the 24 Foot Cider Box Tiny House design, now available as an add-on to the PDF plans. Watch the video below to have Jake take you on a virtual tour of the Cider Box, and learn how powerful a 3-D model can be!

The video demonstrates how helpful the model is for even novice users. With SketchUp experience or with Tiny Nest’s SketchUp Tutorial as your companion, you can:

  • Change finish types and colors to see the same design with totally different aesthetics
  • Move, test and alter interior layouts to plan what works for you
  • Add real appliances and home decor from external product libraries to see how they fit
  • Hide layers of construction material to see the house framing in 3-D like a virtual “test build”
  • Alter the framing itself to move windows, doors, or even alter the length of the house

The PDF Only Plans are everything you need to build the Cider Box Tiny House as it is, in 20 or 24 foot lengths. The PDF Plans + Editable 24′ SketchUp Model together are a truly powerful pair, allowing to test the look and feel of different materials, try out interior layout configurations or even alter the structure – all before you’ve lifted a hammer.

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What the PDF Plans Include:

  • Plans for a 20’ & 24’ long house, both 8.5’ wide, with eaves that extend to 9′-11.5″. Read our blog post on Tiny House Towing to understand more about tiny house width restrictions.
  • Detailed interior and exterior elevation drawings for all sides
  • Detailed trailer connection instructions
  • Wall framing elevations
  • Roof framing plans
  • Cross sections of the wall, roof and floor
  • Structural fastener details
  • Framing package design
  • Window and door schedule
  • A built-in exterior utility hub with space for electrical panel, water heater, and propane tank to fit out-of-sight
  • Suggested floor plan with appliance placement suggestions, double loft placements, full kitchen, space for laundry machines, a bar seating area with counter, and lots of creative storage solutions
  • An energy efficient design
  • Room for bathroom sink in 24’ model
  • Egress window in 24’ model (so it can be RV certified)

These plans do not include electrical diagrams, plumbing diagrams, or exterior finish materials.  These plans are a license to build one house, and contain all of the essential nuts and bolts to get you a solid, extremely energy-efficient tiny home that is completely customizable to your tastes. Professional builders interested in building multiple houses should contact us about a Volume Builder’s License for our tiny house plans.

What the PDF Plans + Editable SketchUp Model Includes:

All of the above, as well as a thoughtfully created, fully editable SketchUp model of the 24′ Cider Box Tiny House created by the Tiny Nest Project, with oversight and full approval by Shelter Wise. This model is an incredibly-useful companion to the Cider Box Tiny House PDF Plans, but not a literal 1:1 translation – it includes some slight optimizations to the original design to minimize construction waste.

New to SketchUp? The Tiny Nest SketchUp Tutorial, available from, is the ideal companion to this model for new SketchUp users. Jake from Tiny Nest is a great communicator and skilled SketchUp practitioner, and his tutorial teaches you to use the program and model just like he does.

Weight and Trailer Recommendations

When choosing a trailer for the Cider Box 20′ or 24′, Shelter Wise recommends 7,000 lb axles each, for a 14,000 lb total carrying capacity. The trailer will still carry at 10,000 lb GVWR (Gross vehicle weight rating) but will travel better and safer with higher rated axles. Iron Eagle Trailers builds our favorite tiny house trailers out there, and Derin from Shelter Wise and Dee from PAD even helped them design their trailers to be perfect for tiny homes. Tell them PAD sent you, and you’ll get $50 off your order.

Build Smart!

With all of our plans, we recommend a copy of Go House Go, our how-to manual for building a tiny house on wheels. It’s the book Dee wished existed when she built her little house, and she wrote it to save everybody else all the time and trouble that she went through to figure out how to build smart and safe.

Returns and Conditions of Sale

Please note that all sales are final on digital products and returns are not available. Because, let’s be honest, there’s really no such thing as “returning” a digital product. We offer quality products at a great price, and we think you’ll be happy with them. If you have specific questions or concerns about a product before purchasing, just contact us and we’ll do our best to answer so you know exactly what you’re getting. View the Terms and Conditions tab for the complete terms and conditions of this plan set.

Terms and Conditions for Shelter Wise and Portland Alternative Dwellings Tiny House Plans

By purchasing these plans, you understand and agree to the following:

This design and plan is intended only for competent and knowledgeable builders. These plans assume general knowledge and skills, including but not limited to roofing, electrical, plumbing, and framing. These plans have not been approved by an architect or an engineer. If you are not an experienced builder, we recommend consulting with a licensed contractor prior to attempting to build a house from these plans. Contact your local building code officials to ensure you comply with local codes.

Any person or entity (hereinafter, “Builder”) engaging in the construction of a tiny house using the design of Shelter Wise, LLC or Portland Alternative Dwellings, LLC assumes the entire responsibility and liability for and agrees to hold Shelter Wise, LLC and Portland Alternative Dwellings, LLC harmless from any and all damage or injury of any kind or nature whatsoever to all persons, whether employees of Builder or otherwise, and to all property (including loss of use of such property) caused by, resulting from, arising out of, or occurring in connection with construction related to or based upon the construction design, plan, instructions, or other communication.



All text and designs (“plan material”) in Shelter Wise, LLC’s or Portland Alternative Dwellings, LLC’s  publications are copyright protected. Such material is intended to be used by individuals to construct a single tiny house. To build more than one house from this set of plans, you must purchase a new plan set for each subsequent home built.

If you are a professional tiny house builder, please contact us to inquire about Builder’s Volume Licensing for this tiny house plan set.

Intellectual Property

Shelter Wise and Portland Alternative Dwellings retain all rights to the intellectual property of the plan material. No rights in the intellectual property are transferred to the purchaser. Purchaser shall not remove any copyright or proprietary notices in or on the plan material.


Shelter Wise’s and Portland Alternative Dwellings’ designs are copyrighted. Any media coverage containing photos, plans, depictions, in-process projects or finished homes shared on social media, print, news, blogs, broadcast, etc, shall be expressly credited to Shelter Wise as the design source for each and every use or reproduction. Examples of proper credit include but are not limited to: including Shelter Wise and the name of the house, crediting www., #shelterwise, etc.


The reproduction, distribution, sale, or any other transfer of the plan to any third party is prohibited, except that up to 2 copies may be made and distributed to contractors working on the construction of your tiny house. All copies made for such purpose must be destroyed at completion of construction.


All sales of digital products are final and returns are not available.

Commercial Use

The use of the plan for any commercial purpose is strictly prohibited. Commercial use includes, but is not limited to, construction of more than one tiny house per plan purchased, re-sale of more than one tiny house, the renting of two or more tiny houses per plan purchased, or the reselling of plan materials in whole or in part.


Shelter Wise, LLC or Portland Alternative Dwellings, LLC retains ownership of the intellectual property of the plan materials regardless of any customization, modification or alteration of the plan by a purchaser or builder.

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Cider Box Tiny House Plans